Ciao Æthelmearc!

I am Maestra Giata Magdalena Alberti (mka Gigi Coulson) and this past weekend I became the newest member of the Board of Directors** (Seat A) of the SCA.

I also have the honor of serving as YOUR Kingdom’s BoD ombudsperson, which is an assigned board member who acts as your representative to the board and vice versa, for matters concerning your kingdom.

As ombudsman I will serve as a sort of liaison for your Kingdom, answering questions, making sure that any business concerning your needs get on the board meeting agenda, sharing news from the meetings, etc. I am the ombudsperson for the Kingdoms of Æthelmearc, Drachenwald, Ealdormere, Lochac, and Avacal as well as for the corporate DEI Office.

For individual members, I make sure that our policies are followed in your area of the Known World. I take action when you tell me they aren’t being followed, then I and my fellow directors and corporate officers assist and/or educate the appropriate folks until they are.

If you’d like to reach me because you have questions or would like me to address something, use my email address:


If I don’t respond within a day or two, it might be because Outlook has classified your message as spam. It is never my intention to ignore an email so please follow-up if you have not gotten a response from me.

I may not be able to answer exactly the way you’d like me to, but I will give you as much assistance and information as possible, with courtesy, honor, and fairness above all.

In Servizio,


About Gigi:

Gigi Coulson, M. S.Ms. Coulson, M.S. worked for the federal government for over 15 years as an interdisciplinary sociologist and biologist. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative social assessments, environmental impact statements, diversity initiatives, program management, environmental justice, conflict resolution, policy creation, and training program development. She has a passion for sociocultural anthropology, living history, learning, and teaching. She is a complete Italophile and tries to visit Italy each year.

Giata Magdalena Alberti, OL is a late 15th-century Florentine living in Venice. She passes her time spending her condottieri husbands’ money and entertaining the visitors of her father’s house in Venice by hosting weekly salons. Her hobbies include working on her herbal experiments, occasional hawking, mediating contests of skill and chance, and traveling to Mantua, Milan, and Ferrara to visit her friends at court.

P.S. **Information on the role of the BoD (outlining what we do and what we don’t do) can be found in Corpora I.C under the subheading “Role of the Board” that you can read here:


Basically, the BoD establishes the rules (policies) and administrative requirements of the SCA, its activities, officers, and Kingdoms. The BoD does not intervene in Kingdom and group affairs, except under certain circumstances that are detailed in Corpora, but we do assist by interpreting the policies we have made especially when our officers need to know how to use the authority they’ve been given.